Tag: Huffington Post

10Oct

Latest Huffington Post Blog

My latest blog for the Huffington Post UK is now online, and I use this to look at the Dark Mountain project’s use of creative writing and political and environmental thought:

Creativity was used in a constructive manner, to provoke thought, and wasn’t so much a trivial add-on: it was core to the experience, supporting the non-fiction it accompanied. It was only upon reading this book that I realised what the project is really about: ideas, expression, discussion, a chance to blow away old ways of thinking. It is not so much about offering new answers, but possessing an intellectual fecundity in which new answers might develop. What’s more, it places a strong emphasis on the arts, something not all that common in both the environmental movement and the wider political sphere.

Read the rest.

It’s fascinating to see fiction combining with politics in such unusual ways; more importantly, it’s wonderful to see fiction helping develop or refine such ideas, which otherwise might not have come up.

19Aug

Article For Huffington Post on SFF & Minorities

I wrote an article for the UK edition of the Huffington Post, on the subject of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Minorities:

Science fiction and fantasy is a genre that effectively shows the difference between ourselves and the Other. From the alien slums in District 9 to the critique of colonialism within an HG Wells novel, the genre’s disregard for reality allows cultural thought experiments to run wild. This is particularly noticeable in films such as Children of Men, where the extremities of far-right politics with regard to immigration are brought to brutal conclusions. In revealing these unusual settings to a reader or viewer, the genre is well-suited to showing displays of acceptance, too. It’s perfectly placed to help us question our attitudes to minorities, or communities who face discrimination, in a way that realism can’t always achieve.

Read the rest and let me know what you think. It’s always nice to spread the Good Word about genre fiction in mainstream venues.